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Pinned Announcement (November, 2019).   Deborah & I severed ties with the publisher of The Choir Boats and The Indigo Pheasant, CZP / Chizine Publications, in November, 2019 as a result of their well-publicized implosion (for instance, see here and here for statements by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America).  Joining the exodus of many other CZP authors and illustrators, we reclaimed our rights in their entirety and aim now either to find another publisher for the orphaned novels or to publish them ourselves.

Towards that end, we are thrilled to announce that original cover designer Eric Mohr has (at our expense) re-designed the covers – they look splendid!  We have also had new ISBNs issued. 

February 19th, 2024:  Recent acceptances, for publication this spring or summer, in SORTES, Old Moon Quarterly, an anthology honoring Audre Lorde from Moonstone Arts Center, Harpy Hybrid Review, an anthology (Extrasensory Overload) from Angry Gable Press, PRISM, and Relief: A Journal of Art and Faith.  I will post links & details when each is published.

February 12th, 2024:  Great to join nine other contributors to read  -- "Pistachio Mauve" in my case -- via Zoom for the launch of Crab Creek Review's winter issue (Vol. XXXVI, number 2). I have returned to all the pieces read by my fellow contributors, with their voices now tracing the words in my mind. Really powerful work...delicate here, fierce there, leavened with  wisdom and humor. Thank you CCR community.

January 15th, 2024:  More publications to report from the past few months (see "Stories & Poems" and "Essays" on this site for details), including pieces in CERASUS, Kelp Journal, Forget Me Not Press, JMWW, Hopscotch Translation, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Grim & Gilded, Ocean State Review, Evening Street Review, Zoetic Press, Club Plum, Lamplit Underground, Littoral Magazine, Coffin Bell, and Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. 

December 1st, 2023:  In September I answered the call issued by Crab Creek Review for CNF readers, and was very happy when CCR accepted my application. I have hugely enjoyed working this fall with Managing Editor Gabriela Denise Frank and fellow CNF reader Lisa Hanson as we evaluated the submissions for the spring issue. So many brilliant, thoughtful, and provocative essays -- truly an inspiration. I look forward to continuing as one CCR's readers for CNF -- and appreciate the title they give us: "Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editors."

November 28th, 2023:  Delighted to join other contributors to read at the launch of Issue 7 of Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality & The Arts (I read "On the Bus" via Zoom).  Thank you Co-Editors Alex Levering Kern and Sharon Sekhon, and all the other colleagues at Northeastern University's Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service. 

October 15th, 2023:  I am grateful to Crab Creek Review for accepting my CNF piece "Pistachio Mauve" a year ago  -- including a color photo I took to illustrate -- and Managing Editor Gabriela Denise Frank's guidance in the ensuing process towards publication (scheduled for Winter, 2023-'24).  Update: I am deeply grateful that Crab Creek Review has nominated my piece for a Pushcart Prize. Thank you Gabriela, thank you EIC Julia Hands, and all CCR colleagues for this honor.

October 1st, 2023:  I am thrilled and honored that Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine features my poem "Voyager 1 Prepares to Meet a Stranger" in its Nov./Dec. issue, and highlights the poem on their website. I grew up reading Asimov and once heard him speak on stage. Thank you EIC Sheila Williams and Managing Editor Emily Hockaday.

September 1st, 2023:  My prose poem "Remembering The Wye Oak" is included in Rooted 2: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction (ed. Josh MacIvor-Andersen; San Francisco: Outpost19). Thanks Josh!  Update: I contributed a short essay "The Banquet Tree" in November to the Rooted Substack, as part of ongoing publicity for the book.

August 1st, 2023:  My article "Å lytte til dei døde: Eksempel frå norsk folketradisjon" is published in Folkeminner nr. 74: Det makabre, the journal of the Norwegian Folklore Society. I wrote the original -- " Listening To The Dead: Examples From Norwegian FolkTradition" -- and then assisted EIC Jorun Hermansen and her colleagues on the translation.  Jorun is a long-standing and very dear friend; working with her, and getting published in Folkeminner, is a dream come to life.

July 1st, 2023:  My poetry manuscript On the Bus was a semifinalist in the 2022 Flume Press Chapbook Contest.

June 7th, 2023:  A good quarter, with pieces published in Loft, The Ocotillo Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, Willawaw Journal, Tiny Molecules, Superpresent, Thirty West Publishing's Afterimages blog, The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic's blog, and the anthology Holding Patterns: A Collection of Words on Ritual (Good Printed Things).  Plus acceptances, with publication dates later this year or early in 2024, in Rooted 2: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction (Outpost19), Crab Creek Review, Nonbinary Review (Zoetic Press), Mandrake Journal, CERASUS, Forget-Me-Not Press, and Lamplit Underground.

June 6th, 2023:  Thank you Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman, co-founders of The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, for publishing my guest post "Five Lesser-Known Fantasy Authors" on their blog today.

May 17th, 2023:  Gratulerer med dagen -- it's Syttende mai, Norway's Constitution Day.  We've exchanged greetings with our dear friends in Norway, and have been following the festivities across the country, live on NRK (the national broadcasting company).  We walk in spirit in the parade down Karl Johans gate in Oslo!  Heia Norge!

May 10th, 2023:  Thank you editor-in-chief Claire Cronin and managing editor Sam Cardy for including my poem "Cenacle" and my short story "Gangplank To A European Season" in Loft's fourth annual anthology.  I am especially grateful that you selected my poem as the annual prize winner in this category.  Cardy's words in the introduction move me: 

"The first line of Daniel Rabuzzi’s stunning poem, ‘Cenacle’, harkens
back to an essay by Walter Benjamin: ‘I too unpack my library.’ The
poem — the winning entry in this category — had a particular
relevance for me. Having recently moved house, I am familiar with
this idea of unpacking one’s library. Books thrown into bags and
boxes, some barely remembered, others I would linger on as I picked
them up, thumb brushing the cover, the author’s name, the title...
When we unpack our libraries, we reveal a little of ourselves.
Rabuzzi’s poem emphasises, I think, the connections formed by
literature. When we read, there is always a point of connection with
‘another’ — we become attentive to the ways the author and the
characters see the world, and how this differs from the way we see
the world. Even the act of choosing what to read has meaning. Or, in
the case of a collection such as this, what to publish. In collating the
poems and prose you are about to read, we — the editors —
reveal something of ourselves."

March 15th, 2023:  Hare's Paw Literary Journal  published my "The Weight of Light." Thank you Founder & EIC Olivia Thomes.

March 14th, 2023:  Harvard Review published my review of N.K. Jemisin's The World We Make.  With thanks to the HR's book reviews editor Andrew Koenig.

March 13th, 2023:  Sweet Tree Review published my poem "Gossamer Bulwarks."  With thanks to founders / editors Jesse Ewing-Frable,  Hannah Newman,  Elizabeth Vignali, and  Elspeth Jensen.

Tiny Molecules  published my micro-essay "The Half-Life of Memory."  With thanks to EIC Connor Harrison.

Kaleidotrope featured me in its newsletter.  With thanks to Founder & EIC Fred Coppersmith.

March 12th, 2023:  Deborah demonstrated her woodcarving skills at The Cloisters / Metropolitan Museum, a featured presenter to help visitors understand the new exhibition "Rich Man, Poor Man: Art, Class, and Commerce in a Late Medieval Town."  

Some 400 visitors came by during the three hours.  Also via The Cloisters, Deborah will  teach a woodcarving workshop in July, and demonstrate again in August.  Details at

March 10th, 2023:  Lovely post today from the U.K. :  latest issue of The Frogmore Papers, including my flash piece "Three Relatives." With thanks to Founder & EIC Jeremy Page.

February 4th, 2023:  Belated celebration for another wonderful package received in the post from the U.K., a month ago:  Red Ogre Review's first annual anthology, including a poem of mine they published last year.  Thanks to Founder & EIC Matthew Bullen.

February 2nd, 2023:  I have begun a new novel, set in the northwest corner of the Holy Roman Empire in the late 15th century CE...with dragons and giants and various kinds of sorcery.  I have returned to the world I began to explore in my very first published story, "Grebe's Gift" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, in 2006.  I believe I am on the right track because my characters have already started to misbehave, taking actions of their own despite my front-of-brain intent.

January 30th, 2023:  Excited that my post has been published at Fairy Tales Explored, the site created & hosted by Santa Monica College (thank you professors Dana Del George and Tim Cramer).  Actually, I'm beyond excited... because my artistic partner (and spouse) Deborah A. Mills has two of her brilliant "troll toys" featured in the post. 

January 22nd, 2023: Gorgeous package arrived today, containing the "The Violet Hour Issue" (0_92) from Abridged in Derry, Northern Ireland, a set of centennial responses to Eliot's "The Waste Land"  -- I am delighted to have two of my poems included ("Aniline Songs," "Tillematello.")  The production values on this are astounding: layout, fonts, binding, the many color photos, the smell of the ink.  I am awed by the quality of the poetry from the other c. 30 contributors, and with the juxtaposition of the images. Thank you to editors Gregory McCartney and Susanna Galbraith.

January 10th, 2023:  Thrilled that Loft Books (U.K.) has selected my poem "Cenacle" as the winner in their annual poetry competition, to be published in their fourth anthology (April, 2023). Thank you to publisher / editor Claire Cronin!

December, 2022:  Thrilled that boats against the current asked Deborah to create two illustrations for my poems "Returning" and "Always Back To The Table," published online Dec. 12th, 2022.  And also delighted that my poem "Centaurs in Honey" was published this month in boats against the current's first-ever paper print edition -- a grateful shout-out to batc founding editor McKenna Themm.

Late October, 2022:  Over the moon am I!  Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine has accepted a poem of mine for publication, spring 2023.  I have been reading Asimov's since I was a young teenager -- getting published there is a dream. 

Early October, 2022:  Deborah & I need no enchanted wardrobe or magical key to enter another realm.  Ruby-crowned Kinglets dart and hover like Elizabethan fairies in the pocket park beside our apartment building on the Lower East Side, the slanting sunlight reflecting clouds of their prey: gossamer insects rising and falling, wings glittering.  Rose bushes and yellow coneflowers bask, bee attended, nodding at the magnolias, the basswood, the sweetgum trees. Overhead, three crows chase a Sharp-shinned Hawk away from their territory.  Towhees and White-throated Sparrows kick and scratch in the leaf-litter, not far from the soaring oak with a hornet's nest the size of a horse's head depending from one limb. Phoebes and Wood-Pewees circle out and snap-snap-snap from extended boughs, while Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and White-breasted Nuthatches meticulously work the trunks. Deborah & I have spotted seventeen species of wood-warbler passing through in the past two weeks, each individual furiously gorging on insects as they prepare for the next leg of their journey to wintering grounds in Central and South America.  All this with the roar of FDR Drive ceaseless a few meters away, and the hum of humans all around and passing by.  Faerie is where you find it. 

July, 2022.  The pressures of work kept me from significant creative writing and drawing for almost a decade (though, of course, I always scribbled notes and drafts that I tucked away in files -- and I continued to read lots of novels, short stories, poems, and criticism / literary history).  Now I am able to return to the field as poet, critic, visual artist.  I feel like Smith of Wootton Major...a few more journeys please, before I must surrender the star back to the baker!

June, 2020. Thanking Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated Shimmer Magazine for selecting my story “Monologue with Birds and Burin” (which they originally published in 2008) for inclusion in their grand retrospective anthology, covering all 13 years of their brilliant existence: The Best of Shimmer
I feel incredibly honored & grateful to be among the authors in this collection, many of whom are Hugo and World Fantasy Award winners or nominees, all of whose work is wonderful.

May, 2020. Thanking Kaleidotrope for including my poem “Fragments Found in a Book Locked in a Trunk Lost in a Shop Whose Address is Unknown” in their May 2020 Twitter listing of things to read during lockdown:   Originally published in their Winter, 2012 edition:

May 15, 2013:  FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series -  readings by Kit Reed and Daniel Rabuzzi, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew KresselI.
KGB Bar, 85 E 4th Street, New York, NY

The 2012 blog tour for The Indigo Pheasant included guest posts, interviews, and giveaways.
Sept 11 - Small Beer Press/Not a Journal
Sept 14 - Civilian Reader
Sept 17 - Fantasy Book Critic
Sept 18 - Bibliophile Stalker
Sept 24 - That Artsy Reader Girl
Sept 26 - Layers of Thought   Book & Yount greeting cards giveaway.
Sept 27 - Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews
Sept 28 - So Many Precious Books, So Little Time   Book giveaway.
Oct 3     - Bull Spec's new Wednesday feature "The Hardest Part"
Oct 4 -     Charlotte's Library
Oct 4 -     World in a Satin Bag
Oct 5 -     The Cozy Reader   Book giveaway.
Oct 11 -   Jess Resides Here
Oct 15 -   Grasping for the Wind
TBS -      Disquieting Visions

Jess Resides Here interviews me with Deborah Mills, the illustrator of Longing for Yount.

Books and Other Thoughts  interviews me.

Gavin Grant interviews me at Small Beer Press.

May 11th-12th, 2012:  Guest Writer at Idyllwild Arts (Idyllwild, California).  Workshops & readings.

April 27th-June 17th, 2012:  Deborah & I had work we did together included in the “Sigils & Signs” group art show at the Observatory (Gowanus, Brooklyn NY), curated by Phantasmaphile's Pam Grossman.            

Ursula Pflug reviews The Choir Boats in the Nov., 2010 issue of New York Review of Science Fiction.

Katherine Petersen's December 3, 2010  review is online at The  Specusphere blog.

September, 2010:  Cabinet des Fees published my essay “The Queen of Elfland's Drummer.”

"MOST-POPULAR-EVER" Book of the Month at  The ebook emporium Wowio features a free ebook each month, and during July 2010 The Choir Boats smashed previous records to became its most popular free download ever!  Thank you Wowio, and thanks to all the bloggers who spread the word!

The Choir Boats FEATURED ON BOINGBOING  July 2010

Author reading, Battery Park Library Branch, Thursday July 15, 2010, 4:00 PM

Faren Miller reviews The Choir Boats in the January 2010 issue of Locus  magazine (see my Reviews page for quotes).

"Fletcher Alum's Novel Unites Fantasy and Family" - Tufts Daily article & interview

Guest speaker at the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium
October 15, 2011 -- 9AM to 6PM
At the SpecFic Colloquium we will talk about the resurgent interest in fairy tale and myth, specfically the desire to write and read them “against the grain.”  I'll lead a discussion on "A Dragon of Their Own:  Fairy Tale & Myth From a Feminist Perspective."

Lunacon 2010, Saturday March 20, 2010
  Hilton Rye Town
  Rye Brook, NY 10573
  Lunacon is New York's oldest science fiction and fantasy convention. Daniel's schedule:

  "The Legacy of Mervyn Peake" (moderator):  Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Tolkien isn't the only author whose influence can be felt on the fantasy genre today. Daniel
  Rabuzzi looks at the Gothic and neo-Romantic trend in today's fiction, including work by
  Greer Gilman, Susanna Clarke, Naomi Novik, Theodora Goss, Sonya Taaffe, and others.

   "Fairy tales, Mythology, and Folklore: Oh My!"   Saturday 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
   The old familiar tales of ages past are constantly being retold and rewoven into new
   patterns. Our panelists discuss the influence and interplay between folklore and modern
   fantasy. Ellen Asher, Jonathan Maberry, Daniel Rabuzzi, Josepha Sherman, Jane T. Sibley

   The Choir Boats reading and book signing:  Saturday 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Saturday February 27, 2010 -- 2:00 PM
  Reading, Q&A & Signing
   Swarthmore College, Lang Performing Arts Center, Room 301

Arisia 2010, Cambridge, MA --January 15 to 18, 2010

  Arisia is the largest fantasy/science-fiction convention in New England.  I appeared on the             following panels:
  Sat 10:00 am  Non-Standard Fantasy  (moderator) 
  Sat 11:30 am Reading from The Choir Boats
  Sat 12:00 pm The Undefended Borders of SF
  Sat 4:00 pm Interstitial Fiction: Dancing Between Genres
  Sat 7:00 pm Inherent Darkness of Fairy Tales
  Sun 10:00 am The City as Character
  Sun 12:00 pm Myth and Folklore in Fantasy

The Observatory, Brooklyn, NY - December 11, 2009
"Coincident Monsters: A Conversation on the Making of The Choir Boats"
Book reading, art show and discussion of precedents and process. Author Daniel A. Rabuzzi, and illustrator Deborah A. Mills discussed their creative collaboration on the novel, and how they arrived at knuckledogs, carkodrillos, giant knife-tailed owls, and Renaissance-map-inspired sea monsters.

* Astronomicon, Rochester NY - November 8, 2009
Reading and Panels

* Worldcon 2009, Montreal -  August 8, 2009
Launch Party - see my convention report at my blog Lobster & Canary

*  Choir Boats book launch announced on Boing Boing!

* Syracuse Arts Festival - July 25, 2009
I read from and signed The Choir Boats at the Syracuse University Bookstore's booth.

* Readercon 20 - July 9, 2009
I read my poem "Backsight" as part of the Sybil's Garage group reading.

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          author of
              The Choir Boats & The Indigo Pheasant